TUPPER LAKE - Noelle Short and Scott Tower were inducted into the Tupper Lake High School Hall of Fame earlier this week.
The pair were honored during halftime of Monday's boys basketball game against Canton. The sports hall of fame was established in 1987 by the Tupper Lake student council, under the direction of boys basketball coach Steve Skiff, in order to recognize outstanding athletic achievement, dedication and service among the community, students and coaching staff.
There have been 71 individuals and two entire teams of athletes and coaches inducted into the hall of fame.
Scott Tower and Noelle Short wait to be inducted into the Tupper Lake High School Hall of Fame during halftime of Monday night’s boys basketball game.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
Short is a 2001 graduate who played forward in soccer, guard in basketball and was a member of the golf team. Tower is a 1995 graduate who played quarterback in football, point guard in basketball and pitched for the baseball team.
Both excelled in their respective sports and displayed great sportsmanship on the field. Coincidentally, both are currently teachers in the area. Tower teaches high school social studies in Tupper Lake while Short teaches middle and high school English in Long Lake. Short is also a former sports and outdoors writer for the Enterprise.
Both said they were honored by the recent inductions.
"I've spent my whole life in this town, and now in this school, so it really means a lot to me to be considered a permanent place in history here at the school," Tower said.
"It's a great honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, very surprising, and it's really exciting," she said. "Some of my best memories are my athletic memories in high school. I was on a lot of wonderful, successful teams with really great people."
While each were above average in multiple sports, they each had one in which they were standouts.
Short excelled as a soccer player, while Tower was a top-notch baseball pitcher.
Tower was named to the all-Champlain Valley Athletic Conference team three times in baseball and one each in basketball and football. He was also the CVAC's most valuable player his senior year.
"You could say that he was the sort of athlete who responded well to pressure situations," Tupper Lake Athletic Director Russ Bartlett said during Monday's ceremony. "His coaches agreed that he possessed a rare combination of athletic ability, sports sense and self-awareness that made him not only a good athlete but a great leader as well."
In his senior year, Tower had a 9-1 pitching record to go with a 0.95 ERA. His junior year he was 7-2 with a 1.20 ERA and in his sophomore year he tallied a 6-3 record to go with a 1.90 ERA. No pitching records are kept in Tupper Lake, but Tower is most likely near the top in all of those categories.
Following his baseball career in Tupper Lake, Tower went on to pitch at the University at Albany, a Division I program. At Albany, he picked up 23 wins and 170 strikeouts in 210 innings, some of the best numbers ever recorded at the college.
Short also amassed impressive statistics while playing on the varsity soccer team from eighth to 12th grade in Tupper Lake, including three years as a co-captain. She was a four-time CVAC all-star, three-time Northern Athletic Conference all-conference team member and three-time all-state player. She was on the fourth team all-state in 1998 and 1999 and a second-team member in 2000. That same year, she was also an Adidas All-American.
Short's teams finished 72-24-5 with four CVAC titles and one sectional championship.
She finished high school with 102 goals and 52 assists, likely a record at the Tupper Lake High School, and in Section VII at the time. Since then, her goals and assists totals have been topped by at least one other Section VII player, but they are still near the top of the all-time record books.
"Noelle was the most dedicated and coachable athlete I have ever coached," said Short's father and soccer coach Fred Short in his induction letter.